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Day: January 17, 2018

  • January 17, 2018

    Live TV has a new home on Fire TV

    We’ve all been there, the infinite scroll. Scrolling around with no idea what to watch. Good news for the indecisive folks in the room, with the new On Now row and Channel Guide on Fire TV, it’s easier than ever to watch Live TV with Amazon Channels is the Prime benefit that lets Prime members subscribe to over 100 channels, with no cable required, no apps to download, and can cancel anytime. Most movies and TV shows included in your subscriptions are available to watch on demand. Some channels also feature Watch Live, which gives you the option to live stream programming on supported devices the same time that it’s broadcast on TV. That means you’ll be able to watch and live tweet Westworld when everyone else is watching. Amazon Fire TV Blog Its great to see Amazon and Google both competing its great for the consumer like us.
  • Microsoft first launched its new 13- and 15-inch Surface Book 2 laptops back in November, but the larger model has only been available in the US so far. Starting today, the 15-inch Surface Book 2 will be available in 17 new countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The 15-inch Surface Book 2 includes Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics card, making it the first Surface laptop capable of running the latest games on the go. Microsoft has also included Xbox Wireless support, so any Xbox controller works with the larger Surface Book 2. The Verge Microsoft is being very aggressive with Surface I know its a huge revenue for them and that’s why.
  • Private shared channels are basically an expansion of shared channels, except they are…private. This means you can choose to hide the shared channel from certain users in your team, and only let a select number of members access the shared channel. These shared channels can be set as private in one workspace for one team, and as public for the other, or as private for both which is pretty clever. Shared channels are basically a supercharged implementation of guest access that’s super useful when your company or team needs to work with a partner company or an outsourced team. Thurrott Slack is starting to put some pressure on Skype For Business I think anyway.
  • After months of complaints from advertisers over their messages appearing alongside inappropriate or exploitative videos, YouTube has announced a new set of policies designed to improve how it vets content. The Google-owned company is targeting problems at multiple levels within its platform, starting with its homegrown stars. Creators who start to grow audiences on YouTube have long been able to join the YouTube Partner Program to monetize their videos through advertising. Beginning Tuesday, YouTube is tightening its control over who can join the Partner Program. New creators applying will need to accrue at least 4,000 hours of watch time within the last 12 months and have at least 1,000 subscribers. (Previously, the only requirement was that a channel reach 10,000 viewers.) Existing channels will become subject to the same new set of Partner Program requirements on Feb. 20. Billboard This is really going to hurt the small creators who really have not done anything to YouTube.
  • Large businesses mostly embrace the latest cloud trends, valuing the cloud’s increased security, lower IT costs and greater productivity compared to traditional methods of storage and collaboration. Small and medium-sized businesses, or SMBs, should not shy away from the IT technologies used by bigger companies. Cloud trends, in particular, can help SMBs double their profits. When responding to the latest cloud trends, SMBs should keep the following in mind. Select a Vendor Carefully Choosing a cloud vendor is very important, impacting the extent of security and cost of business. The emerging nature of the cloud prompts a variety of businesses into the niche, though some neglect to prioritize the vendor selection process, resulting in a subpar experience. Businesses should seek out vendors that take time to get to know the company, as well as a vendor with a positive reputation and reviews online. Switching vendors after moving into the cloud can be costly and frustrating, so it’s best to choose the right vendor the first time. A thorough, careful vendor selection process will help with a more seamless cloud experience. Integrate the Cloud with Existing Tech and Protect Data One business’ technical infrastructure will be different than another’s, making the task of integrating the cloud with existing tech a largely personalized experience. A quality cloud vendor will work with a business to seamlessly integrate with existing tech like data centers, as well as protocols like disaster recovery and management changes. In fact, many cloud vendors offer user ease and protection of data off-site, making cloud vendors a line of defense against the rise of cyber threats. Embrace Monitoring Tools SMBs should use performance monitoring tools for their existing servers, especially to effectively see how a cloud platform can improve regarding performance and security. A business evaluating PaaS and IaaS solutions...